Kirk Café at Camden: Seniors are invited to enjoy lunch and make friends at this program offered every weekday. Enjoy special events, birthday parties and guest speakers. Chinese Food served on Tuesdays. Lunch is served Monday-Friday, noon. Suggested donation of $2.50 for adults 60 years and older. Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Ave., San Jose. Reservations are required (24 hours in advance). 408.371.2888. Willows Cafe: Lunch is served Monday-Friday, noon. The menu usually includes entree, vegetables, side dish, salad, fruit and milk for a suggested donation of $2.50 for adults 60 and older/$5 for guests who are under 60. Willow Glen Community and Senior Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. Call for a reservation, 408.265.0915.
4 Brian Copeland’s “Lighten Up II”: Last year, Copeland, the popular actor, comedian and writer sold out the Castro Valley Center for the Arts with a show spotlighting some of the Bay Area’s top comics, He’ll be back at the venue again Sept, 10 to host “Lighten Up II,” featuring comedians Johnny Steele, Chicago Steve Barkley, Don Reed, Natasha Muse and more. Details: 7 p.m.; Castro Valley High School; $25-$35; www.briancopeland.com, 5 Point Richmond Summer Music Festival: The free concert series continues Sept, dance, ballet, pencil, graphite, drawing, pointe, 8x10, charcoal, original, artwork, girls room, dancer, shoes, handmade, teache 9 with performances by Oakland singer Aireene Espiritu and her band The Itch, which tackles American roots music ranging from bluegrass to R&B to gospel, and Richmond alt-country band Michael Van and the Movers, The concert also features arts and crafts, kids’ activities and plenty to eat and drink. Details: Aireene and the Itch play 5:30-6:30 p.m., Michael Van and the Movers, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; Park Place and Washington Avenue, Point Richmond; free; www.pointrichmondmusic.org..
Kalākaua was reportedly the first sitting monarch to visit the United States when he made a cross-country trip from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., aboard the still-new Transcontinental Railway in 1874. He was seeking better trade between the United States and his Sandwich Islands, which is how mapmakers of the day labeled the Pacific archipelago that would become an American territory in 1898. President Ulysses S. Grant, then halfway through his second term, decided to put on a display of diplomatic pomp-and-romp unlike any seen in Washington before. Grant, and more specifically, his wife, Julia, amazed the city with a White House table awash in flowers, crystal decanters and a $3,000, 587-piece set of Limoges china imported four years earlier by Washington merchant J.W. Boteler and Bro.
The InnVision Shelter Network’s annual Holiday Appeal is now underway with requests to the community for financial assistance to raise $3,750,000 by Dec, 31 to fund the nonprofit’s programs throughout the year, Last year, 90 percent of the dance, ballet, pencil, graphite, drawing, pointe, 8x10, charcoal, original, artwork, girls room, dancer, shoes, handmade, teache families and 70 percent of the individuals, who successfully graduated from IVSN’s interim housing programs, returned to permanent housing and on-going self-sufficiency, To learn more about InnVision Shelter Network, and to donate, go to www.ivsn.org or http://www.ivsn.org..
One of the Lavender Seniors at the workshop saw a disco ball at the Hayward Area Senior Center and said it would be a nice place to hold a prom, she said. “I thought, we can do this,” Keiffer said. The disco ball had not been used for at least 20 years; Keiffer had never seen it spin during her time working at the center. But she asked maintenance to clean it so it would shine for the dance. “It works! It turns. We will be firing up the disco ball,” she said. For Underwood, the prom will be a rite of passage she missed. She did attend her high school prom, but with the nephew of a neighbor.